"Gene was a very nice young man and a first-rate attorney who handled many of our cases in Municipal Court and helped with legal insights on other city issues," Jones said. "He always treated people with respect and was a key part of our legal team. We're saddened by this sudden tragedy and join his family and many friends in mourning his loss."
One of two assistant city attorneys, Webb shared Municipal Court duties with Mandi Carter, City Attorney Paul Ellis said during an impromptu news conference in his City Hall office Tuesday morning.
"They divided traffic court days," Ellis said. "He had a number of responsibilities, a lot of police issues."
Though he learned about Webb's death early Tuesday, Ellis and other city officials would not comment publicly about it until they were sure family members were notified. Webb was not married, he said.
"I'm just trying to get through the day. I've got a lot of fond memories; none in particular comes to mind now," Ellis said, struggling to speak while surrounded by TV cameras. "He's an East Bank boy. He always had to talk about his boys, sports, guys like Jason Williams."
Webb worked as an assistant prosecutor for Kanawha County before joining the city staff six years ago, Ellis said.
"I believe he had an offer from the U.S. Attorney's Office and an offer from here, and he decided to come here."
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